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Policy Key to Weather Cleantech Crisis

"The clean energy industry in the United States is indeed poised for crisis, as the bulk of the nation's major federal clean energy support programs are now scheduled to expire. The lapse of the Section 1705 DOE Loan Guarantee Program, which...

Posted November 23, 2011    

A Clean Energy Comeback Strategy

The global market for clean energy products grew to $243 billion in 2010, a year in which China and Germany both captured a greater share of this global investment than the United States. That has led many (myself included) to worry about the...

Posted October 27, 2011    

How Can Washington Green America's Economy?

Over at the National Journal's Energy forum, my Breakthrough Institute colleague Alex Trembath and I have a new submission to their ongoing discussion asking "How Can Washington Green America's Economy?" Here's the full text... Before discussing...

Posted August 18, 2011    

Say No to 'No Nukes' Revival

"No Nukes" Revival is Wholly Misguided Recent news that Musicians United for Safe Energy is reuniting for a concert protesting nuclear power strikes these two Millennials as wholly misguided. While the anti-nuclear generation can be forgiven for...

Posted August 5, 2011    

ACE Students Offer White House Fresh Energy Efficiency Ideas

This is a guest post by Alisha Fowler.Shreya Indukuri and Daniela Lapidous, ACE Youth Advisory Board members and juniors at the Harker School in San Jose, CA, paid a visit to the White House yesterday, but they didn't just go for a tour. Through...

Posted June 16, 2011    

Texas Offshore Wind Energy Project Poised to be 'First in the Water'

Texan wind energy developer poised to construct first U.S. offshore wind turbine, even as policy uncertainty and tricky project financing harries competing projectsWith some five gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy projects in the works, the long...

Posted June 9, 2011    

UPDATED ANALYSIS: The Costs of Canceling Japan's Plans for Nuclear Power

Cowritten by Sara Mansur. On Tuesday, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced that the country would scrap its plans to increase nuclear power's contribution to electricity generation to 50 percent by 2030, in response to the crisis at...

Posted May 19, 2011    

The Future of Nuclear Power: Shellenberger on KQED Forum

Breakthrough Institute President Michael Shellenberger debated the future of nuclear power today on KQED Radio's Forum, joining host Dave Iverson and the Sierra Club's David Hamilton to discuss the impacts and implications of the Fukushima nuclear...

Posted April 1, 2011    

WattHead's Jesse Jenkins on NPR: Nuclear as Usual

WattHead.org Founder and Chief Editor and Breakthrough Institute Director of Climate and Energy Policy Jesse Jenkins was on NPR's Weekend Edition this past Sunday discussing Japan's nuclear crisis and what it means for the future of nuclear power....

Posted March 28, 2011    

Why Phasing Out Subsidies for Fossil Fuels Won't Make Clean Energy Competitive

A while back, I posted some quick math reminding readers that while pushing to end subsidies for mature, centuries-old fossil fuel technologies is a pretty smart policy, it on it's own will be far from sufficient to make clean energy cost...

Posted March 3, 2011    

Climate Challenge Hinges on Fueling China with Clean and Cheap Energy

I've said it before and I'll say it again: when it comes to the global climate challenge, as goes China, so goes the world. Driving that aphorism home, co2scorecard.org, a not-for-profit project that closely tracks global greenhouse gas emissions,...

Posted March 3, 2011    

House Budget Resolution Would Reshape National Energy and Climate Policy

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget resolution this weekend that would fund the government through the end of fiscal year while reshaping national energy and climate policy. The sweeping bill sets the stage for a contentious budget...

Posted February 22, 2011